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#TemanTapiMenikah When Friendship Blooms into Romance

  • Stanley Widianto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 31 2018   /  01:47 am

Soulmates: Ditto’s affection for Ayu lasts from their days in high school to adulthood.#TemanTapiMenikah (#FriendsButMarried) finds its strength as a romantic comedy by eschewing forced storytelling.The “friendzone” is a curious word. As a word, it matured with the internet — on social media, on meme pages — but as a fate, it could befall any couple. It is curious for its pathetic implication; that a person, usually male, is stuck in a friendship with someone when they desire more, but receive less. It is proof that one’s misfortunes are someone else’s as well; it may as well be a virtual, abstract support group. The friendzone is also the theme of the novel Teman Tapi Menikah written by musician Ditto Percussion and his wife, actress Ayudia Bing Slamet, which chronicles the former’s more-than-a-decade long friendship with the latter. It has since been adapted into a feat...